Emperor Marcus Aurelius Roman Empire silver denarius coin, 161/162 CE, 3.32g, RIC 48var (bare head right), RSC 517.
Dated denarius minted from Dec 161 TO Dec 162 CE (most likely 162 CE).
First/second year of issue for Marcus as Emperor (TR P XVI COS III).
Superb bare head portrait style of the newly crowned emperor and detailed figure of Providentia.
Certified by NGC to XF, well struck with nice surfaces and centered flan.
Obverse: M ANTONINVS AVG, mature bare head right with full beard, drapery on far shoulder (not in RIC).
Reverse: PROV DEOR TR P XVI COS III, Providentia standing left holding globe and cornucopia.
Providentia is a divine personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia thus figures in art, cult, and literature.